Embase: comparison with PubMed and tips & tricks for searching

Embase is regarded as the European equivalent of PubMed/MEDLINE. When using the Embase search engine, you automatically browse not only the Embase database but also articles in PubMed/MEDLINE that have already been assigned MeSH terms.

Search operators

Embase can be searched using free text and/or with Emtree terms, the keywords in the Embase thesaurus. These Emtree terms can be found via Browse > Emtree. You can also look at the hierarchical structure of the keywords there. All underlying terms are automatically included (Explosion), but you can also switch off this option in Advanced Search.

Embase uses single not double quotation marks in PubMed/MEDLINE to search for an exact word or word combinations, e.g. ‘cardiovascular disease’.

For more information about advanced searching, the PICO search, the PV (Pharmacovigilance) search, the drug search, the disease search, the device search and the search filters, visit the information sheet about Embase on the website of the Knowledge Center for Health Ghent.

Export references into your personal EndNote library

From Embase via the Export button you can export either a few selected search results or your entire search history to your personal EndNote library. Then click again on Export and Download.


Embase is only accessible via the UGent network.  

More information, Tips & Tricks

Visit the Embase information sheet on the website of the Knowledge Center for Health Ghent for more information about the reasons to search in Embase, how to search in Embase and trainings about basic and advanced searching in Embase. 

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Last modified June 16, 2020, 1:19 p.m.